Sports Briefs for July 19

All HR County Forestry trails closed to OHV use

Due to increasing fire danger, the Oregon Department of Forestry increased its Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) from a 2 to a 3 this week. This means all trails on Hood River County property are now closed to motorized use. OHV use is allowed on improved roads only – roads within HRCF’s land that have been rocked (gravel roads) and that are free of burnable fuels. These restrictions will remain in effect until fire conditions lessen and the IFPL is reduced, which will likely be the end of September or earlier October.

Indian Creek hosts Bob Hanel Memorial tourney

Indian Creek Golf Course is hosting the first Battling Bob Hanel Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 16. The tournament, a fundraiser for the Hood River Valley High School golf team, is being held in honor of Hanel, who passed away almost a year ago at the age of 72. He was one of a small group of partners who founded and developed the course; he later bought out his partners and served as president of Indian Creek Golf LLC until his passing last October.

The scramble format tournament starts with check-in at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. In addition to golfers, Indian Creek is looking for sponsors to aid in the fundraising efforts. Sponsorships include $100, $200 and $300 levels, with increasing levels of signage associated with each. For details or to register, contact Mark Gradin at the pro shop at 541-386-7770.

Youth summer running group meets twice a week

Kids grades 5-8 who are planning on or are interested in running cross country for their middle school are invited and encouraged to attend the free, twice-weekly summer running sessions, held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Hood River Valley High School, starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Coach Steve Wrye at 541-806-3998 or

Veatch plays part on U18 state champion team

Hood River Valley High School softball player Annie Veatch followed-up a noteworthy senior season with the Eagles by moving on to club ball this summer, with the Oregon Thunder, an elite U18 club team out of Portland. After regular season play, the Thunder went 5-0 in the state championship bracket, outscoring opponents 38 runs to 6, to claim the title and advance to the NW Regional tournament later this month. Veatch plays catcher for the team, the same position she has been recruited to play in the fall at George Fox University.

In her senior season at HRVHS, Veatch earned Columbia River Conference Player of the Year and First Team All-State honors.

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